Experience the stunning landscapes that continue to attract artists and photographers to Pembrokeshire on the famous coastal path which winds for three hundred kilometres along golden beaches and spectacular clifftops. An extensive network of trails across the peninsula caters to those who want to lose themselves in the rugged wilderness as well as those who wish to enjoy a gentle stroll in an area peppered with hidden gems. Discovering the wildlife of Pembrokeshire is a unique and unforgettable experience. The incredible variety of wildlife species to be found reflects the large areas of protected habitats and almost everywhere there is a backdrop of stunning scenery. From cliffs and rocky islands covered in nesting seabirds, mossy woodlands full of spring flowers, seal pups on beaches, otters in rivers, butterflies on heaths and dragonflies on the moorland there is an endless choice of places to explore and make exciting discoveries.
Since the earliest times man has left his mark on his surrounding landscape, from the beginning of agriculture to formal gardens. This section includes a selection of different examples of ‘designed landscapes’.
Heath and Moorland
Heath is wild looking open countryside which has seen little, if any, agricultural improvement. The low, coarse vegetation dominated by such species as heather or western gorse form a complex mosaic with grassland habitats to make an extremely diverse habitat especially for plants and invertebrates.
Estuaries and Waterways
Many of the rivers and streams in the county drain into the Milford Haven estuary, which is one of the best examples of a ria (drowned river valley) in the UK.
There is very little extensive woodland in Pembrokeshire because much of it was cleared before the end of the 19th century.
The combined effect of a complex geology and stormy seas have shaped the Pembrokeshire coastline into spectacular cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky coves, islands and inlets.